New resources to help multicultural communities recognise and report discrimination

Published 28 November 2022

The State’s anti-discrimination authority, Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW), today launched a series of new in-language video resources aimed at addressing race and other types of discrimination facing multicultural communities in New South Wales.

In 2021-22, race discrimination was the second most common type of discrimination complaint lodged with ADNSW. Most race discrimination complaints were in the areas of employment and goods and services.

Despite race discrimination being experienced, consultations by ADNSW with multicultural communities identified a lack of understanding of when race and other discrimination is unlawful and a lack of awareness about ADNSW’s services. 

President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, Helen McKenzie said that ADNSW is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and equal treatment for everyone in New South Wales.

“NSW is Australia’s most culturally diverse state with 2.2 million people speaking a language other than English at home. Everyone should feel safe and respected. It is important to ensure that everyone in the community is supported to recognise and report discrimination,” Ms McKenzie said. 

Ms McKenzie said that community consultation identified a need for more in-language information to help communities better understand anti-discrimination laws and ADNSW’s services. As a direct response, ADNSW has translated its two explainer videos, An Overview of Anti-Discrimination NSW and The Complaint Process at Anti-Discrimination NSW into some of the most commonly spoken languages in NSW – Arabic, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean.

ADNSW is working with multicultural media, community groups and community leaders to spread the word about the new resources.

The new community language videos are available on ADNSW’s website.

Enquiries and complaints to ADNSW are free and confidential and can be made in any language. 

In addition to the new videos, translated information resources including ADNSW’s complaint form are available in 22 community languages.

ADNSW can be contacted on 1800 670 812 or via antidiscrimination.nsw.gov.au.

Photos from the launch event

Two women and a man smiling at the camera
A group of men at the launch event, smiling
A group of women at the launch event, smiling
Two women in head scarves, smiling at the camera
SBS Presenter Nissrine opens the event
Joseph La Posta on stage presenting
The audience watch the videos being played at the launch event
Two men from Asian backgrounds, smiling at the camera
Two women, one in a head scarf, smiling at the camera
Two women wearing glasses, smiling at the camera
An Aboriginal Elder sings the Welcome to Country
Helen McKenzie on stage at launch event
Melissa Monteiro on stage presenting
Presenters with media, community and government representatives at the launch event
Last updated:

29 Nov 2022

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